Potato Salad with Moringa Leaves
Packed with an explosion of spices, this tasty side dish brings a flare of Southeast Asia to the dinner table. This is a great way to pair healthful Moringa with a potato dish that is family-friendly.
To start prepping this tasty dish, first gather your ingredients. You will need roughly 2 cups of moringa leaves, 8-10 medium red potatoes, canola oil, a yellow onion, some fresh garlic, ginger, ground coriander, turmeric, chili powder, salt and pepper, and a bit of fresh cilantro to add as garnish for an extra kick of flavor and some health bonus points.
Can't find moringa? That's ok! A mixture of herbs (parsley, thyme, or oregano) or bitter herbs such as mustard greens (the substitute we used in our recipe!) work perfectly well. Plus, trying different greens is a great way to vary the flavor of the recipe a bit.
Once you've gathered your ingredients, start preparation by washing and chopping the potatoes into bite sized chunks. If you don't want the potatoes to turn brown while you prepare and cook other ingredients, place the chopped potatoes into a bowl of cool water and set them aside.
Peel the onion and chop it finely. Peel three cloves of garlic by placing the side of the blade on the clove and pushing it down to crack the skin. Mince the garlic. This can be accomplished by using a garlic press. But if you don't have one on hand, dicing up the garlic by hand works just as well. Peel (optional) and grate the ginger.
Now, add three tablespoons of canola oil (or whatever other oil you prefet) to a large pan and heat to medium heat. Add oil to the pan over medium heat and add the onions. Sauté onions for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are clear. Then add the garlic and ginger.
Once the garlic and ginger are fragrant, drain the potatoes and add them to the pan. Cover with a lid and roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft. When the potatoes are done they should appear slightly yellowed and yield easily to a fork. Don't be afraid to give them a taste test if you aren't sure.
If you're substituting for moringa, now is the perfect time to chop up your herbs or bitter greens!
Add in the moringa (or substitute), turmeric, coriander, chili powder and stir well.
Then, cover for 2-3 minutes more to allow all the spices to warm up and activate their tastiness.
Garnish with cilantro and serve warm! Enjoy!